Practice Management (Contracts / Insurance / Finance / Personnel)


WS-006 - Building the Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion

Friday, October 19
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 104-B


Examine the impact of embracing strategies to promote the case for diversity, equity, and inclusion through a two-hour facilitated experiential and interactive workshop. Afterwards, engage directly with a panel of firm leaders who have begun building the foundation to prioritize diversity efforts in the workplace. Emphasis will be placed on what hiring principles can do to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

$150 per person by 6/29; $200 by 9/14; $250 after 9/14

Learning Objectives:

Mark W. Rios, FASLA, FAIA

Founding Partner
Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Mark founded Rios Clementi Hale Studios (formerly Rios Associates), a Los Angeles-based firm of 125 employees, with a vision to imagine, design and build complete environments. Under his leadership, the firm developed an international reputation for its groundbreaking multidisciplinary approach to all its commissions. By creating an environment where colleagues are free to draw from any number of design influences, Mark has propelled the firm beyond the borders of architecture and landscape architecture to incorporate interior, graphic, and product design, branding, and urban planning. Mark served as Chairman of the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Southern California (01-07').


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Senior Vice President

Tom is a Senior Vice President with the integrated design firm, SmithGroupJJR. He currently is the director of the firm's Ann Arbor office, member of the board of directors and chair of the finance committee.

Tom has a special interest in the business of landscape architecture, with a focus on business planning, growth and financial stability. His work style encompasses an analytical approach and a passion for teamwork, with a strong belief that a diverse, integrated team can accomplish much more than any one individual. At ASLA, Tom serves on the Executuve Committee as Vice President of Finance.



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Michael Grove, ASLA

Principal / Landscape Architect

Michael Grove is the Chair of Landscape Architecture and sits on the Board of Directors at Sasaki. His 20+ years of experience embraces a range of project types including regional plans, urban districts, and waterfronts. Michael collaborates with planners, urban designers, and ecologists to restore damaged ecosystems, integrate cultural influences, and balance social equity with economic development. In addition to ASLA, he is a council member at the Urban Land Institute, and serves on the board of the Landscape Architecture Foundation. Michael's work has been recognized with numerous awards, and he frequently lectures at conferences and universities around the world.


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Myla Deloatch

Business Training Works

Myla Deloatch is recognized for her dynamic, clear presentation style and unique ability to engage professionals at all levels. For nearly two decades, she has guided behavioral change in thousands of individuals throughout the United States and across four continents. Myla works to ensure that her sessions are fun and produce lasting results. The cornerstone of her success is based on 15 years of progressive sales, marketing, customer service, and training leadership at Xerox.


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